If you happen to reside in one of our larger metropolitan jungles, where finding a parking space (even in front of your own home) is as likely as spotting a leprechaun, then you’ll love the electric vehicle design the folks at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have come up with. The Armadillo-T is a small, low-powered car that can fold itself in half to fit into even the smallest of parking spaces. Continue reading
The three-point seat belt was a big step forward in vehicle safety in an era where such issues weren’t generally the highest priority for manufacturers. In a move that would stun and baffle modern corporate interests, Volvo did the world a favor by opening the patent to other manufacturers to improve safety. Eventually public consciousness caught up with automotive safety standards, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was formed.
Throughout years of testing, a select few cars have garnered five-star safety ratings, including, probably not coincidentally, some automobiles built by Volvo. New manufacturer Tesla Motors, co-founded by Elon Musk, whom you may have heard of in connection with SpaceX and the Hyperloop, has received the highest ever safety rating from the NHTSA for its Tesla Model S. Continue reading
We may not yet have the flying cars we’ve hoped for, but automobiles have progressed in other directions, even with all four wheels still firmly on the ground. Touch screens, GPS and voice control are among a few features new cars are sporting. Connectivity is the next big step, bringing enhanced user control and situational awareness.
NVIDIA is ready to push forward in the automotive industry. The company has opened a new center in Ann Arbor, MI dedicated to advancing automotive tech. In the remnants of the rust belt, silicon is slowly taking the place of steel and automotive manufacturing. Continue reading
I’ve never heard anybody compliment anyone on how gorgeous their solar panels are, but that could change thanks to the Pure Tension Pavilion, a portable solar pavilion designed by Synthesis Design + Architecture (SDA) that can charge the battery in the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid diesel vehicle. Continue reading